Preview: 102nd Kentucky Open

LOUISVILLE, KY (July, 26, 2021) – The last time the Kentucky Open was held at the same facility in consecutive years was 1994-1995. This year’s edition of the State Open will be the start of a stretch that bucks that trend, as Persimmon Ridge Golf Club is set to host the 102nd Kentucky Open this week with the 2022 and 2023 contests to follow it.

This will be the fourth time the Arthur Hills design hosts the state’s most prestigious golfing championship, having previously hosted in 1990, 2002 and 2011. 108 amateurs and 48 professionals will tee it up this week looking to join Dave Peege, Grant Sturgeon and Brandon Brown as State Open champions at Persimmon Ridge.

In doing so, they will complete 54 holes of stroke play with the first round set to begin on Tuesday, July 27 with the final round taking place on Thursday, July 29. The low 70 players and ties after Wednesday’s second round will make the cut and advance to Thursday’s play. This year’s low professional will earn a check worth $10,000.

Brown, who won at Persimmon Ridge in 2011, is one of seven past champions entered in this year’s field. J.B. Williams, who enters this year as the two-time defending champion, is also set to compete this year in hopes of making it three consecutive Kentucky Opens; a feat that has never been accomplished before. Their first round starting times and the hole they will begin on are listed below, as are the other five past champions with their winning years in parenthesis:

  • Brandon Brown (2011) - 12:55 p.m. EDT off #10
  • J.B. Williams (2019, 2020) - 2:15 p.m. off #1
  • Kent Bulle (2015) – 2:15 p.m. off #1
  • Ralph Landrum, PGA (1987) – 9:30 a.m. off #10
  • Keith Ohr, PGA (2001, 2012) – 12:55 p.m. off #10
  • Andy Roberts (2010) – 1:15 p.m. off #10
  • Ashton Van Horne (2016) – 2:15 p.m. off #1

Click here to view all first and second round tee times

Golf House Kentucky will have full coverage of this year’s championship on its FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages. When the final group reaches the 18th hole of Thursday's final round, a live-stream will be shown on Facebook. Should a playoff be necessary, that will also be live-streamed. Spectators are welcome to attend the championship each day free of charge.


Dates of Competition

July 27-29, 2021

Championship Venue

Persimmon Ridge Golf Club

Course Details

7,113 yards – 147 slope – 75.2 course rating

Course Architect

Arthur Hills

Course Opening


Number of Competitors


Cities Represented

Louisville (45), Lexington (15), Prospect (7), Georgetown (5), Shelbyville (5), Bowling Green (4), Frankfort (4), Hopkinsville (4), Owensboro (4), Campbellsville (3), Danville (3), La Grange (3), Union (3), Benton (2), Glasgow (2), Manchester (2), Monticello (2), Murray (2), Paducah (2), Richmond (2), Taylorsville (2), Winchester (2), Ashland, Beaver Dam, Brentwood, Central City, Clay, Clay City, Crestview Hills, Crestwood, Elizabethtown, Eminence, Fairdale, Fisherville, Florence, Fountain Run, Franklin, Goshen, Grayson, Greenup, Herndon, Hodgenville, Irvine, McKee, Mount Sterling, Murfreesboro, Nicholasville, Ravenna, Shepherdsville, Sparta, Stanford, Vanceburg, Williamsburg, Williamstown

2020 Results

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Golf House Kentucky is the umbrella organization for Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations: Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky PGA and Kentucky Golf Foundation. The vision of Kentucky’s golf leaders, Golf House Kentucky was founded in 1978, and is headquartered in a picturesque country setting in Louisville, Kentucky. Golf House Kentucky conducts competitions for golfers of all ages, gender and skill levels (amateur, professional and junior), and provides valuable services to Kentucky PGA professionals and member golf facilities. Working in partnership with the USGA, Golf House Kentucky provides individual golfers and member golf facilities with a wide range of services: Handicapping, USGA Course and Slope Rating, award programs, club consulting and golf management software. The family’s philanthropic affiliate, Kentucky Golf Foundation promotes the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, Kentucky golf museum and provides grant and scholarship programs for youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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